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National Book Award winner Robin Coste Lewis is a doctoral student at USC Dornsife. Photo by Amanda Schwengel, courtesy of Hampshire College.

USC Dornsife doctoral student wins the National Book Award

November 24, 2015

USC Dornsife doctoral candidate Robin Coste Lewis has won the National Book Award for Poetry, one of the nation’s most prestigious literary prizes. Lewis received the award for her debut book, Voyage of the Sable Venus…

Poet Claudia Rankine is known for her commitment to social justice. Photo by John Lucas.

Claudia Rankine Joins English Department

July 6, 2015

USC Dornsife has recruited renowned American poet Claudia Rankine as Aerol Arnold Chair of English. She will teach a wide variety of literature and creative writing courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level starting…

Assistant Professor of English Anna Journey is currently working on her third volume of poetry. Photo by Stephanie Diani.

Journey into the Grotesque

June 3, 2015

Described as “magical” by provocative filmmaker David Lynch, Anna Journey’s first book of poetry, If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting (University of Georgia Press, 2009), was selected for inclusion in the…

Barbara Duffey laughs while comparing a student’s writing piece to a Taylor Swift song during her creative writing class. Photo by Matt Gade/Daily Republic.

Soul of the Machine

May 19, 2015

Longer than she can quite remember, the writer Barbara Duffey ’02 has been mesmerized by machines: both the gears and levers sort, as well as the mortal, warm-blooded kind. She knows that the working parts of most…

Alumnus and lecturer Brandon Som’s prizewinning first book of poems, <em>The Tribute Horse</em>, examines questions of identity and language. Photo by Jason Bacasa.

Som Wins Poetry Prize

March 12, 2015

Etched into the wooden walls of the former immigration station on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, the poems tell of the hopes and fears of the Chinese immigrants once detained and interrogated there — sometimes for…

David St. John, professor of English and comparative literature at USC Dornsife. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Showcasing Words and Music

February 20, 2015

The Provost’s Writers Series, designed to highlight extraordinary USC authors, will take a musical turn on Feb. 25 when poet David St. John reads from and discusses his work. Created by former USC Provost and incoming…

Winner of a vaunted humanities medal, Marjorie Perloff of English has long championed the work of avant-garde and experimental poets. Photo by Matthew Knip.

Perloff to Receive Humanities Medal

September 18, 2014

One of the foremost critics of 20th- and 21st-century poetry and poetics Marjorie Perloff of USC Dornsife will be honored as the 2014 recipient of Washington University’s International Humanities Medal. The Florence R.…

Writer and Composer

Celebrating Collaboration

July 10, 2014

“Writer and Composer” is a unique interdisciplinary collaboration that draws students from three graduate-level classes offered through USC Dornsife and USC Thornton School of Music. Student writers, vocalists and…

Deborah Kolodji finds inspiration for writing haiku during a visit to the Japanese garden at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Garden in San Marino, California. Photo courtesy of Deborah Kolodji.

The Art of Haiku

June 26, 2014

Haiku poet Deborah P. Kolodji was recently caught in dense traffic on the 10 Freeway. Looking up, a V-formation of birds flew overhead. Nearby, an airplane cut across the sky. Things were in motion. She saw poetry: migrating…

After studying Renaissance literature, Elizabeth Cantwell who is earning her Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature at USC Dornsife, became a Renaissance student herself by combining science with poetry in her dissertation. Photo by Matt Wyatt.

Physics + Literature = Poetry

March 4, 2014

Many Ph.D. students find the dissertation writing process taxing enough to inspire a break after graduation, but Elizabeth Cantwell hasn’t broken her stride. She’s already on her way to turning hers into a book. A…